Video streaming, file sharing — bad for network security, good for security business

June 27, 2012

Palo Alto Networks, the network security company, that modernized the firewall with its web application inspection took a look at what people do at work by analyzing Internet traffic in over 2,000 organizations.

Seems a lot of people watch videos.

In fact, Palo Alto’s semi-annual application usage and risk report says the bandwidth used by streaming video more than tripled to 13 percent from 4 percent in December 2011.

And that’s before the Euro 2012 Soccer Championship, the 2012 Olympics and the U.S. elections.

Apart from productivity issues and more money spent — a third of every dollar — on enterprise bandwidth for streaming video or filesharing — it opens the door for security breaches.

What has been dubbed ‘likejacking’ is essentially when a piece of malware gets downloaded as a user clicks to watch a video link forwarded by a friend.

“The risk of video as bait is more significant than ever before because of the elevated level of trust that social networking has established,” the report showed.

Palo Alto also said P2P file-sharing usage “jumped 700 percent to represent 14 percent of overall bandwidth observed, growing more than any other application category”.

What’s a company to do?

Video and file sharing won’t go away so they will likely look at Palo Alto and others to help secure networks.

Sounds like good business for Palo Alto.

For more details, download the report here:

http://www.paloaltonetworks.com/literature/whitepapers/aur-report.html

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